Sacto 9-1-1
August 8, 2011
Logging truck crash kills driver in El Dorado County

The California Highway Patrol said Highway 50 is open again with alternating one-way traffic after a logging truck crashed into the American River, killing the driver.

The crash was reported about 6:15 a.m., the rig ending up partially in the water, spilling logs and fuel. The cab of the truck remained out of the river but the driver was pinned inside the wreckage, said CHP officer Rich Wetzel.

The CHP, CalFire, El Dorado County sheriffs deputies and the coroner responded to the scene between Kyburz and Whitehall. Also responding was the state Office of Emergency Services and the Department of Fish and Game to check on fuel leakage into the river.

The highway was closed for about two hours while the wreckage was cleared. The route opened with alternating traffic past the crash site about 10:30 a.m.

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